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Charmed by visions of exclusive seclusion, travelers often fantasize about disappearing to an island. A raft of movies and television shows has helped to stoke their escapist desires by providing tantalizing glimpses of remote paradise. So imagine your surprise when you learn that island dreams can be made very, very real. From Bali and Fiji to the Caribbean or Iceland, there are hundreds of HomeExchange Listings on islands that will turn your aspirations into celebrations – island retreats that mix isolation and comfort, often with loads of luxury;…

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You love music festivals and have no plans yet for the summer? Check out this fun and local suggestion by Christine, a HomeExchange Member living in Quebec!   You love music? Great stars, small bands, street artists? Pop, rock? You would like to discover music from Quebec or from around the world? There is music for every taste at the Festival d’été de Québec. 11 days with 300 shows on 10 stages. Sting & Peter Gabriel will be heading the list this year, but dozens of others will also be present….

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Regardless of the season or the reason, there are times when you need to take a break to have some fun and nurture your inner child! These water parks from around the world provide imaginative, innovative ways to make you laugh, scream and challenge your inner speed demon. Whether you like to relax in the sun or escape the snow drifts, let your wild child run free and pamper yourself for a bit. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach Orlando, FL, USA Flickr: asitrac / Creative Commons There is a…

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Offer me a castle in Spain, a mansion in Monaco, an apartment in Paris and no dice. Leave London in June? But it’s the season!

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As the dog days of summer begin to wind down it’s time for the reluctant acceptance of the colder weather and shorter days that are just around the corner. But you don’t have to wave the white flag of surrender just yet!  The summer season doesn’t technically end until September 22nd and we’ve got some great ways for you to squeeze the most out of those last rays of summer sunshine. Catch some tunes in an outdoor venue Warm nights offer the perfect opportunity to take in some…